EU and Nigeria Unite to Tackle Waste Management Hurdles


The European Union (EU) has partnered with Nigeria to address the country’s waste management challenges. This collaboration aligns with the celebration of International Zero Waste Day, emphasizing a commitment to sustainable practices and pollution reduction.

Deputy Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Zissimos Vergos, highlighted the gravity of the waste issue during an event in Abuja. “Every year humanity generates between 2.1 billion and 2.3 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste. Without urgent action, annual municipal solid waste generation will hit 3.8 billion tonnes by 2050,” Vergos stated.

The EU has initiated the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE), with Nigeria joining the effort to promote international collaboration against plastic pollution, especially in marine environments. “Recognising this major challenge, the European Union initiated GACERE, spearheaded by the EU and UNIDO, with support from the United Nations Environment Programme, and also joined by Nigeria,” Vergos explained.

The partnership also involves the Federal Ministry of Environment and UNIDO co-chairing the Nigeria Circular Economy Working Group. This group aims to implement circular economy policies for inclusive and green growth of Nigeria’s economy. “It is in that vein that we partner with the Federal Ministry of Environment, currently co-chairing the Nigeria Circular Economy Working Group together with UNIDO,” Vergos added.

The EU’s support extends to the National Policy on Waste Battery Management of 2021, the National Environmental (Plastic Waste Control) Regulations of 2023, and the unveiling of the National Circular Economy Roadmap.

This EU-Nigeria partnership marks a hopeful step towards a cleaner, more sustainable future, as both entities work diligently to ‘Beat Waste’ and foster a healthier planet.

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